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Part VIII: Rug + Room

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Shannon McGrath + Couristan Easton Charles

An almost perfectly designed room that’s lacking a rug is akin to an awards show caliber ensemble without the perfect shoes. In other words – a big deal. If you’ve ever come across one in your Pinterest feed or a home decor magazine then you know just what I’m talking about.

This bathroom has got it goin’ on. The vertically stacked rows of subway tiles, a veined marble floor, even a little nook for your bath time necessities. It even has what’s one of the best modern clawfoot tubs I’ve seen yet – just check out those feet! It also makes me nervous to think about stepping out and slipping on that pristine flooring. I’d bring in a smallish rug that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic, something with an organic feel that adds to the spa-like experience you’re sure to have in this room.

Claudia Uribe

I’m really into the way this gallery wall was pulled together, with little to no space between the frames. And the color of the flooring and walls is almost an exact match to my own home, so you knowI’m on board with both of those decorating decisions. What I dislike is how interesting the walls are when juxtaposed with that bare floor. Let’s add in a runner with a muted color palette that makes the space feel more well-rounded, drawing your eye up towards the frames on the wall rather than towards the bare floor beneath your feet.

ANSON SMART

The vibe of this office space is spot on sophisticated. The wood tones partnered with moody blacks and grey let you know that this is where the work gets done, but that maybe this is also where 5 o’clock happy hour occurs. It’s that second part that makes me want to inject something with just a bit of color into the decor, like this area rug with the perfect mid-century colors and a not too serious design.

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Now this doing room is F-U-N. Such great natural lighting, and those slanted walls flat-out stunning. (Although that one mismatched chair makes me a little itchy.) I’d like to bring in just a bit more of that dusty pale pink hue in the form of a large floor rug with a minimal pattern for more textural detail.

Melissa Mills

This looks like a home I could sink right into! Few things are more welcoming than a well-worn leather couch and big dining table – and those high ceilings and beams are to die for. I even like that the walls are bare, but would love to see a little more color in the space. Check out this patterned rug that will most definitely bring some personality and jolt into the picture.

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Tips to Pretty Up Your Porch

Spring is here, and with the longer days and sweet birdsong comes the irresistible urge to start sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Get inspired to pretty up your porch, deck, or patio with these styling tips — and when you’re done sprucing, pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and put your feet up. You deserve it!


Giannetti Architecture and Interiors

Look No. 1: Modern Classic

This look is a little bit farmhouse (but not rustic) and a little bit modern (but not trendy). If you love traditional style, but want an update, this could be just the ticket. To get a modern classic look for your front porch or back patio, look for natural fibers and materials like stone, jute, and zinc, and keep the color palette calm with gray, black, white, and lots of greenery.


Giannetti Architecture and Interiors

Key elements of modern classic style:

- Neatly trimmed topiary

- Zinc, concrete, slate, and bluestone

- Hydrangeas

- Classic lantern-style lighting

- Fresh white paint


Thou Swell

Look No. 2: Beachy

Craving a fun, fresh look for your outdoor spaces? Beach style could be a match made in heaven. This laid-back look is easygoing, carefree, and works with a number of architectural styles. And nope, you don’t have to live by the beach to channel beach style! Think of adding lightweight elements like breezy outdoor curtains, seagrass rugs, and bamboo furniture. And if you feel inspired to add a bar cart or a hanging chair, that would fit right in here!


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Key elements of beach style:

- Outdoor curtains

- Bamboo, rattan, and other lightweight furnishings

- Potted palms and ferns

- Hanging chairs and hammocks

- String lights

- A pop of fun, bright color


The Glitter Guide

Look No. 3: Bohemian

Are you artistic, creative, and adventurous? Channeling a bohemian look in your outdoor spaces will help bring your wild imagination to life. Boho outdoor spaces are all about warm, spicy layers, eclectic and worldly furnishings, and loads of plants and cushions. A bohemian outdoor space is ideal for entertaining.

Key elements of bohemian style:

- Moroccan and kilim rugs

- Layered textiles

- Floor cushions and leather poufs

- Hanging planters

- Cacti and succulents

- Pottery and woven accessories

Porch and Patio Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Surya Alfresco in sage, black and cream; Kaleen Sea Isle in gold; Safavieh Courtyard II in black and bone; Kaleen A Breath of Fresh Air in green and blue.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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10 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

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via Domino

#1 Open Shelving
While most people’s first instinct is to hide everything away behind closed cabinets, open shelving in the upper half of your kitchen or bathroom creates the opposite effect – one of airiness! Yes, you’ll need to pare things down and be a bit more organized but you also still have those traditional bottom cabinets to tuck away anything you don’t want in sight. If you’re staunchly against open shelving, consider glass-fronted cabinetry.

HomePolish

#2 Mirrors
It’s an age-old trick, but adding a large mirror to any room creates the instant illusion of space. The bigger, the better! The depth created and light reflected is magical, just be sure to direct towards an interior wall rather than a window or your neighbor’s place.

#3 Furniture with Legs
The same trick is true with legged furniture, it feels lighter because you can see everything on all sides. The room it’s in will feel more spacious as a result and give the illusion of some added real estate. Pro Tip: Pull your furniture slightly away from the walls to get even more out of this trick.

My Domaine

#4 Built-Ins
Most homes tend to have nooks and crannies that aren’t being used to their full advantage, and that’s usually when a built-in makes the most sense. Add storage in the form of shelves, an entryway bench, or breakfast nook. It’s virtually impossible to find the perfect free-standing piece for these spaces, so consider the splurge of a permanent solution or create your own Ikea hack.

#5 Light Colors
The lighter the color, the more wide open the feel. Stick to paler, neutral choices throughout your space to take full advantage of the natural light coming in and you’ll thank yourself later. Bonus points for sticking with a predominantly monochromatic color palette throughout.

#6 Oversized Art
Make the decision to go with one large piece of art instead of a gallery wall. The impact will be huge, guide attention exactly where you want it within the room, and create the look of order and space by freeing up the other walls. Hang the piece a little lower than you normally would to give the impression of taller ceilings.

#7 Double-Duty Furniture
A smart call no matter the size of your home is furniture that pulls its weight. Whether it’s an ottoman or a coffee table that opens for extra storage, use it to place out of season blankets, games, or books out of sight and out of mind.

Lobster and Swan

#8 Build Up, Not Out
One of my favorite tips is to take advantage of the square footage you have vertically! I love the look of a shelf that sits only about a foot below the ceiling. It’s a sweet spot to house your plant babies, your ever-growing library, or whatever other little things you collect.

#9 Strategic Furniture Placement
Find a focal point and prioritize the placement of your largest pieces. Try not to block windows or doorways, and keep a clear walkway open. If you’re going for a more formal look, think about placing things symmetrically, an asymmetrical layout welcomes a more casual vibe.

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via Domino

#10 Stripes
Elongate a room by pulling in some stripes! If they’re going on the walls opt for vertical, on the floors align them with the lengthier width of the room.

For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Tips to Welcome Spring To Your Home

After what’s proving to be an exceptionally long winter, signs of spring can’t come soon enough! Fully embrace the change of season with pretty patio ideas, spring cleaning, and oodles of flowers.

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The Everygirl

Above all, spring means longer days and more time spent outdoors. Perk up your outdoor nooks with potted flowers, a colorful indoor-outdoor rug, and fresh table linens. Even the tiniest patio or balcony can become a tranquil space to enjoy sipping a cup of morning coffee or tea when these details have been attended to.

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Farmhouse On Boone

Indoors, it’s time to talk bedding. Pack up those heavy duvets and thick flannel sheets, and trade them in for light, breezy linen and cotton bedding. A range of neutral hues — like the chambray, oyster, and white shown here — are effortless to mix and match. While you’re in the bedroom, clear off that bedside table and set out a pretty candle and a little cream pitcher with a few blooms snipped from the garden (or borrowed from a market bouquet). Woven accessories like a paint-dipped laundry basket and natural fiber rug are ideal for lightening up a spring bedroom.

Spring
Clockwise from top left: A Beautiful Mess; SF Girl By Bay; Tidbits; Magnolia

It wouldn’t be spring without eggs and flowers, right? Whether or not you have kids, it’s fun to dye a batch of eggs to use as table decor — and then eat, of course! And I can’t think of a space that isn’t made better with the addition of a vase of fresh flowers. Keep an eye out at the grocery store and farmer’s market for good deals on seasonal blooms, and aim to bring home a fresh bundle each week. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative, force spring bulbs in recycled jam jars as shown above.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere

Of course, spring is also the time for spring cleaning — why not make it more fun by splurging on a set of really pretty (and good-smelling) cleaning products? A fresh new caddy and a new set of towels and scrub brushes will make chore time go more quickly. If you’re on a roll, collect clutter in bags or boxes while you clean, and make a trip to a local charity with your donations when you’re done. It will feel good!

Magnolia
Magnolia

Last but certainly not least, consider adding a set of cafe lights to your outdoor space. It’s amazing what a difference a strand or two can make in the ambiance, and you’ll enjoy them all season long. Need a little motivation to get all of this spring cleaning and decorating done? Set a date to host a spring brunch or patio dinner, and the deadline is sure to get you going.

Spring Rugs
Indoor-Outdoor Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Momeni Baja in blue; Kaleen Yunque in blue, light teal and forest green; Liora Manne Sorrento Pinstripe in yellow; Momeni Baja in green.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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